Branding Tips: Is Your Brand on Brand – Contributed by AndyK Graphic Artist
Is your brand on brand, your brand is more than just a logo, a tagline or arrangement of colours. Your brand is your message, your values and your personality. The logo, imagery and message are just a few ways to share this overall impression in a consistent and uniform way.
By firstly working out the message you want to send, and who you want to send it to, you can then use your answers as a guide for every branding and marketing decision about your business. If you come up with a great design or been given a great marketing opportunity but it doesn’t fit with the way you’ve answered the following questions, then it’s not for you.
This is more than just selling or making money, this is about your passion and the passion behind your business. For example, your business might be selling books but deep down you started this business to provide an avenue for parents to find suitable and educational books with great life messages for their kids.
It’s easy to lose sight of your core values as your business grows and more people become involved in its development. Knowing and sharing these, and referring back to them through each marketing campaign and the branding process will help keep a consistent message that you feel comfortable with. Create a word cloud of your (and your business) core values.
While you might say “anyone with kids”, in order to target the right client, you need to get pretty specific. By creating a specific person you will find that your marketing and branding will be much more focused. And don’t worry, this approach doesn’t ignore everyone else.
If you have 2 very distinct community segments then write them both down. They may have some similarities you can use for the overall brand.
Eg: Our bookseller has chosen a 30-40yo newly single mum, with 2 kids (9 & 13), who is middle income, working part-time, is very comfortable shopping online and is very focused on her kid’s happiness and welfare.
If a benefactor was to invest $15 million in your business tomorrow, what would you like to do? Knowing the ultimate dream is a good step in making sure you don’t have to re-brand 5 or 10 years down the road. Sure, your brand might evolve, but you want to avoid a full charge.
Keep in mind that your future goals should not be changing points 1 and 2.
Are you bold, ready to lead the way, a trailblazer, dare to be different, or are you more comfortable with being the quiet achiever, people will approach me when they need me to type of person. If you can’t think of a specific description, then create a word cloud.
Who are your top 5 competitors? Make a list and next to each one note some things they’re doing that you like some that you don’t like. EG: you may decide that they have too many choices available, making them just another shop. Or perhaps they seem too “big & corporate” to be friendly to the mums and dads.
So you step into the lift with Richard Branson. He’s in a chatty mood and asks you “so what do you do?” Think about points 1 and 3, and quickly describe your business without using its name.
eg: our bookseller may say something like … I connect parents with life inspiring stories to share with their kids to help pave the way for a better future.
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